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Oct 2, 2017 - Northstar Commuter Line: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The Northstar Line is a commuter rail route in the US state of Minnesota. Northstar runs 40.2 miles from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis at Target Field using existing track and right-of-way owned by the BNSF Railway... Read More>>

Oct 2, 2017 - Milwaukee Road 261 Minneapolis Jct to Glencoe: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Milwaukee Road 261 is a 4-8-4 "Northern" type steam locomotive built by the American Locomotive Company, (ALCO), in Schenectady, New York in July 1944 for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul... Read More>>

Sep 9, 2017 - The 1.5 Million Rail Miles Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler I was working out how to get my 1,500,00.0 Rail miles and I was coming up 4.5 miles short. Then it dawned on me that the Irvine Park Railroad was 0.9 of a mile long so if I made 5 trips there it would all work out. This is the same... Read More>>

Aug 1, 2017 - Tribute to Amtrak Part 7 2013 to Present: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Updated with photos from 2013 to Auguts 1, 2017 including Caltrain new locomotive 2105, New State of Washington locomotive, Amtrak Seattle Seahawk Unit, Cascade Talgo 500 510 517, Veteran Engine and much more... Read More>>

Aug 7, 2017 - Irvine Park Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler I was working out how to get my 1,500,00.0 Rail miles and I was coming up 4.5 miles short. Then it dawned on my that the Irvine Park Railroad was 0.9 of a mile long so if I made 5 trips there it would all work out. This is the same railroad that... Read More>>

July 30 - Aug 2, 2017 - Home from Everett, Washington: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Last night we got talking and Bob asked me if I would like to take Sounder from Everett and that would be more mileage for me, so you know I said "Yes!" So this morning I was up early and after checking the Internet, had... Read More>>

July 30, 2017 - Fraser Valley Heritage Railway: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Based on an idea by, and personal funding of $25,000 from Mr. Jim Wallace, a commissioner with the Surrey Heritage Advisory Commission, a feasibility study was undertaken between 1996 and 2000 to ascertain the feasibility of... Read More>>

July 29, 2017 - Great Northern & Cascade Railway: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The railway offers free train rides to the public as well as a railroad education program. The Railroad operates May through October, every weekend plus holidays. We currently have over 2,700 feet of track. We are working on... Read More>>

July 26-28, 2017 - Heading to Edmonds, Washington: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler With me having picked the date of 9/9/2017 for my 1,500,000.0 rail mileage trip starting at Santa Ana down to Solana Beach then Pacific Business Class back to Santa Ana when I step off the train, I will have it. In order to do that... Read More>>

July 15, 2017 - Los Angeles Union Station Summer Trainfest: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler A free family event that featured vintage train engines and model trains. On display were the 1927 Santa Fe 3751 Steam Locomotive and the 1949 Overland Trail, 1950 Pacific Trail and 1959 Tioga Pass private railcars... Read More>>

June 1-5, 2017 - Milwaukee Road 261 June 2017: Reports & Photos by Chris Guenzler Reports and photos of getting to and riding various train trips on the Milwaukee Road 261 as well as other related venues in early June 2017... Read More>>

May 6, 2017 - Fullerton Railroad Days: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler With no booth to work again this year at Fullerton Railroad Days, this gave me the freedom to ride and make a short visit to this event. I decided to do my normal weekend riding but would not go to Los Angeles but would instead stop in Fullerton which... Read More>>

April 30, 2017 - A Trip to the Fillmore and Western Railroad: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Robin Bowers had never been to Fillmore and the weekend of limited train service to the south of Santa Ana, decided we would go since it was Fillmore Railfest and they would be running their steam engine... Read More>>

April 29, 2017 - A Trip to San Bernardino: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler With no train service to the south due to track construction projects I decide to ride out to San Bernardino to see the new train platforms there. So I got up early drove to the Santa Ana train station and parked in the parking structure... Read More>>

April 8, 2017 - A Trip to Cajon Pass: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Bill Compton wanted to go to Cajon Pass and I wanted to see how construction was going on CA Highway 138 so we decided on Saturday and he picked me up at 6:30 AM. We did not have to go far for our first train of the day... Read More>>

March 17, 2017 - Friday Night Railfan Magazine Pizza Party & Winterail 2017: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler We left the train in Lebanon and then drove to Junction City where we found what we were looking for and a surprise diagonally opposite from the building. Oregon Electric Junction City station now... Read More>>

March 17, 2017 - My Albany & Eastern Excursion Train: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler We checked out of the Shanico Inn in Lebanon, Oregon and drove down the highway to the golden arches of McDonalds for breakfast. There I had my usual hotcakes and sausages so I was a happy camper. From here we... Read More>>

Mar 16, 2017 - To Winerail 2017: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler I decided to do a Pre-Winterail Trip on the Albany & Eastern Railroad and would be the first trip I have ever done. I contacted the Albany & Eastern Railroad and worked with Rose to put together a trip from Lebanon... Read More>>

Feb 20, 2017 - Another Trip to South Perris: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Bill Compton wanted to go train riding with me. I suggested San Diego but he said he has been there too much. Since I would be riding down there on Thursday, I asked him where else would he like to go? He said Perris and since... Read More>>

Feb 4, 2017 - Metrolink Golden Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Celebration Special Train: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler On my last trip to Riverside, Conductor Henry told me about the special train that Metrolink would run on Sat Feb 4th, for the Golden Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Celebration in Los Angeles... Read More>>

Jan 21, 2017 - Pacific Railroad Society presents Excursion 552 The Perris Express: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Metrolink does not normally provide service to Perris on weekends, so this will be a special train from Los Angeles to Perris via the San Bernardino line outbound and the Riverside line inbound... Read More>>

Jan 9-10, 2017 - Coast Starlight home from Seattle: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler This Coast Starlight had engines 817 and 124, baggage 61507, transition 39033, Sleepers 32048, 32072 and 32016 Pennsylvania, diner 38016, Business Class 34512, Lounge 33026 and Coaches 34094, 31000 and 34038. Our... Read More>>

Jan 8, 2017 - Riding Seattle Light Rail: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler In March 2002, Sound Transit began the process of acquiring land in the Rainier Valley when its board authorized the agency to purchase all of sixty-four properties and parts of two hundred and thirty-two others. Sound Transit was also... Read More>>

Jan 7, 2017 - Cascade Talgo to Vancouver and new Skytrain extension: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. We parked the car in the Sounder parking lot and... Read More>>

Jan 6, 2017 - The Sounder Trip Seattle to Lakewood: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler I bought my one-way ticket to Lakewood and then boarded an extremely crowded train finding a pair of seats on the mezzanine level of the cab car. I then had my lunch and waited for Elizabeth to arrive. I spotted her outside and... Read More>>

Jan 6, 2017 - Seattle First Hill Streetcar Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The South Lake Union Streetcar is a 1.3-mile, seven-stop line serving the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. Its route goes from the Westlake hub to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in South Lake Union. Transfers can... Read More>>

Jan 6, 2017 - Amtrak Cascade Service Talgo 500 Portland to Seattle: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler I was up without a wake up call and hurriedly packed then checked out. I walked to the Max station, bought my one way ticket and within a minute here came a Green Line train. It was a quick trip back to... Read More>>

Jan 4-5, 2017 - Amtrak Coast Starglight Los Angeles, California, to Portland, Oregon: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler This Coast Starlight had a consist of engines 13 and 510, baggage 61066, Transition 39021, Sleepers 32091 Minnesota, 32091 New Hampshire, 32097, Parlor Car 39975 Willamette Valley... Read More>>

Dec 17, 2016 - My next encounter with Santa Fe 3751: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Santa Fe 3751 backed along the Los Angeles River in a surprise consist I would never had thought of until I saw it. The train consisted of the Tioga Pass, Overland Trail SP 2981, Pacific Trail UP 5430. Santa Fe 4-8-4 3751, Amtrak Pacific Parlor... Read More>>

Dec 11, 2016 - A Tioga Pass Private Car Trip Los Angeles to San Diego and return: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Chris Parker told me about an ad about the Tioga Pass private car trip LA to San Diego and return. I called Norm Orfall and got myself on the trip then told Robin Bowers who also got on the trip. Robin and I would... Read More>>

Dec 10, 2016 - A Trip to Beaumont Hill: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler We left Santa Ana and took CA-22 to CA-55 to CA-91 out to Corona where we found CA-91 closed. We then detoured north on the I-15 to I-10 east to Pepper Street in Colton. A few minutes later, a westbound train arrived but not what we expected... Read More>>

Friday, March 17, 2017 - The Albany & Eastern Pre Winterail Charter Train: Sponsored by Chris Guenzler A special train rides covering the Albany & Eastern Railroad from Lebanon to Sweethome, Oregon. Come join us as we travel across the hill country of the Willamette Valley. These trips include a photo runby as the train pulls into the Lebanon station before the trip starts... Read More>>

Nov 12, 2016 - Folsom Valley Railway: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Folsom Valley Railway has been in continuous operation since 1970. It is the only 12 inch gauge railroad remaining in the United States, and only one of seven miniature scale replica steam-powered railroads in public operation. The Railway... Read More>>

Nov 12, 2016 - El Dorado & Western Railroad Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler After gold was discovered in 1848, the Gold Rush brought thousands of people to Northern California and with them, the idea of building a railroad from Sacramento to the Gold Fields. By 1853 the Sacramento Valley Railroad was... Read More>>

Nov 11, 2016 - To the El Dorado & Western Railroad Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler I had set up a trip to ride the El Dorado & Western Railroad on October 30, 2016 with Chris Parker coming along. I received an e-mail from them to call Saturday morning, the day before the trip because there was... Read More>>

Oct 16, 2016 - Travel Town Visit and Train Ride: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Travel Town Museum is a transport museum dedicated on December 14, 1952, and located in the northwest corner of Los Angeles, California's Griffith Park. The history of railroad transportation in the western United States from 1880 to... Read More>>

Oct 16, 2016 - Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum (LALS) is a non-profit public-benefit corporation that was founded in 1956 by live steam enthusiasts for the purpose of educating the public about railroad history and lore, and... Read More>>

Oct 16, 2016 - Griffith Park & Southern Railroad train trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Griffith Park & Southern Railroad Located near Los Feliz Blvd and Riverside Drive at the South end of Griffith park, GPS Railroad occupies a location where miniature trains have operated since the late 1940's... Read More>>

Oct 15, 2016 - Goat Hill Railway Orange County Model Engineers train ride: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The Orange County Model Engineers was originally formed in 1977 as the Orange County Live Steamers, after the demise of the short lived Long Beach Live Steamers. Negotiations were started soon... Read More>>

Oct 15, 2016 - The Tom's Farm train rides: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Tom's Farm Brief History: His parents said that Tom wanted to be a farmer from the day he was born in Kansas City, Missouri. When he turned five, they let him work at his father's produce stand. And the rest, as they say, is history. Tom moved west in... Read More>>

Oct 11, 2016 - Santa Ana Zoofari Express Train Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The Santa Ana Zoo is located at 1801 East Chestnut Avenue in Santa Ana, California. The zoo is open daily, except for Christmas Day, New Years Day and Thanksgiving Day. The hours of operation are 10 am to 4 pm daily but guests may remain in the zoo until 5 pm. During the summer, weekend hours are extended from 10 am to 6 pm... Read More>>

Oct 8, 2016 - Descanso Garden Enchanted Railroad Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Descanso Gardens, located in La Canada Flintridge, Los Angeles County, California, is a 150 acres botanical garden. At one time, this property belonged to newspaper magnate E. Manchester Boddy, who owned the... Read More>>

Oct 8, 2016 - El Dorado Express Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The El Dorado Express is a real park train, which Tony Ruvolo and his son Greg refurbished in 1988. They are a family owned train ride. This beautiful train was originally built as a park train powered by a live steam engine in 1946. Tony and Greg... Read More>>

August 9, 2016 - Our Summer Trip 2016: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler My mother and I try every year on take a trip together. This year she decided on Pismo Beach, Cambia, Harris Ranch, Elk Grove then Bakersfield before home. After the Colorado NRHS Trip... Read More>>

July 4, 2016 - NRHS Convention Day 4 - The Durango & Silverton Railroad : Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Almost every day new reports & photos from the National Railroad Historical Society (NRHS) 2016 Annual Convention will be posted. Click Read More for all the reports and photos posted so far... Read More>>

June 26, 2016 - Riding the train to the NASCAR Race at Sears Point: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Bart and Sarah Jennings decided to come to ride the Race Train from Sacramento to Sears Point this year. Bart has never ridden this so I decided to do it with them. I got my tickets and they assigned me to a seat right below... Read More>>

June 6, 2016 - First day trip on the new Perris Metrolink Line: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Metrolink finally announced that their new Perris Valley Line would open on June 6, 2016. I looked at their new schedule and... Read More>>

June 4, 2016 - Trainriders Group Trip to ride the Expo and Gold Line Extension: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler I planned this trip and we had an interest so I decided to do both of these new lines for group members. I had taken tours of both of these lines so there was... Read More>>

May 28, 2016 - A Trip to Beaumont Hill: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Bill Compton and I planned to go out to take some train pictures. We decided to go out to Beaumont Hill and planned to leave my house at 5:30 AM... Read More>>

May 12, 2016 - Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation Expo Line Tour: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The Expo Line is a light-rail line that currently runs between Downtown Los Angeles and Culver City. An extension that will provide service westward to Santa Monica is scheduled to open on May 20, 2016... Read More>>

April 30, 2016 - Fullerton Railroad Days: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Photos and report from the annual Fullerton Railroad Days held in the parking lot at the Amtrak / Metrolink Train Station near Downtown Fullerton, California, April 30 & May 1, 2016... Read More>>


The N&W 611 Railfan Event:

April 6, 2016 - Getting to the N&W 611 Trips and the brand new DC Streetcar: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler After a great time at the La Plata 2016 Spring Railfan Event, I woke up and checked things online before John Green and I went to the closed Granma's Cafe on the La Plata Square then tried the Choo Choo Cafe which... Read More>>

April 8, 2016 - The North Carolina Transportation Museum: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler I woke up at 6:30 AM and had breakfast at the Econo Lodge then I watched some television before calling a taxi for 9:15 AM. My cab was waiting at 9:10 AM and soon an ex-railroader and NCTM volunteer drove me to... Read More>>

April 6, 2016 - My First Live Encounter with N&W 611 moving: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler After I was done taking pictures for my North Carolina Transportation Museum, I would wait for the N&W 611 to move before me for the first time in my life... Read More>>

April 8, 2016 - Charlotte Lynx Light Rail System: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler David Pressley asked me if I wanted to ride this system in its present form as it is expanding and we all know I said "Yes" as it would be new rail mileage for me. So after we got done in Spencer at the North Carolina Transportation Museum... Read More>>

April 9, 2016 - Norfolk & Western 611 The Virginian: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler When I was planning the La Plata Spring Event, the 2016 Norfolk Southern steam excursion list came out. As I had never ridden behind the N&W 611, now was the time... Read More>>

April 10, 2016 - N&W 611 The Blue Ridge Special: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The morning started with a 4:45 AM wake-up call. I put in the corrections in my three latest stories, uploaded them and then posted on my website. David and I left the Econo Lodge and stopped by McDonalds before we... Read More>>

April 11, 2016 - The trip west to get home from the N&W 611: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler David had dropped me off with my train running on time. I first had my hot cakes and sausage then decided to photograph the Salisbury Station. A lady from our N&W 611 trip was heading to Atlanta, Georgia so she was... Read More>>


La Plata Railfan Event 2016:

Getting to the La Plata Spring 2016 Railfan Event : Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler For this year's La Plata Spring Railfan Event I thought let's do something different. We would head west driving to photograph the Southwest Chief on the Missouri River bridge. The next day drive east... Read More>>

La Plata Railfan Event Day 1 4/2/16: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler I got up, grabbed breakfast then took it back to my room. I learned that the Southwest Chief was late so I had a Pittsburgh Penguins game to listen to at noon... Read More>>

La Plata Spring Railfan Event 2016 Day 2 4/3/16: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler I ate as I put the corrections into yesterday's story then checked the Southwest Chief which was already in Kansas City. I posted my story then left the Depot Inn & Suites for my newest photo... Read More>>

La Plata Spring Railfan Event 2016 Day 3 4/4/2016: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler I met John Green in the lobby at 5:45 AM and we left the Depot Inn & Suites and started off to East Sibley via Missouri Highway 5 , US Highway 36 to Missouri Highway 11 to US Highway 24 where we saw a headlight and found a grade crossing... Read More>>

La Plata Spring Railfan Event 2016 Day 4 4/5/2016: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler I met John Green in the lobby of the Depot Inn & Suites and headed out to the rental car which had its windshield iced over. We defrosted it using the windshield cleaner then headed up the road to McDonald's in Kirksville for a good meal... Read More>>


Winterail 2016:

www.trainweb.org/chris/16ocoast.html - Winterail 3/20/2016 Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad First Annual Post Winterail Steam Excursion Sunday... Read More>>

www.trainweb.org/chris/16wint2.html - Winterail 3/18/2016 Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Winterail 2016 and getting to Corvallis... Read More>>

www.trainweb.org/chris/16orhf.html - 3/18/16 Oregon Rail Hertage Center Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler We got off the Max Light rail line and walked back to the cars, finding former NRHS President Gregory Molloy waiting on his friend. Next I saw Arlen Shelddrake opening the gate for our special pre-arranged visit to the Oregon Rail Heritage Center... Read More>>

www.trainweb.org/chris/16wint.html - Winterail 3/17/2016 Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Going to the First Winterail in Corvallis, Oregon Trip... Read More>>


February 27, 2016 - Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation Metro Gold Line Extension and Shop Tours: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler The Foundation's mission is to diligently preserve and dynamically present the history of railroading in Los Angeles through its three core programs... Read More>>

January 1, 2016 - BNSF Mojave Sub Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler Bill Compton and I had talked about going out to someplace to take some pictures. I suggested the BNSF Mojave Sub between Barstow and Mohave. Bill and I finally found a date we both could go and it turned out to be January 1 & 2 of 2016... Read More>>

December 31, 2015 - Chris Guenzler End of Year Review 2015 I left you at home where I spent my New Years at home again. It felt funny being here but I needed a change in my life. It had been a great year in my life for most things, including Santa Ana Unified School District's Heninger Elementary School... Read More>>

11/07/15 Train Rider's Group Oakland Circle Trip: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler I got an idea for a Train Travel Group train trip. We all could try Business Class on the Coast Starlight... Read More>>

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